ST. GEORGE – Fire crews responded to reports of a structure fire Saturday evening on 1000 East in St. George, across from Dixie State University.
Three fire engines and a ladder truck from the St. George Fire Department were dispatched to the Sun Ridge Apartments, 277 S. 1000 East, at about 5:25 p.m. after it was reported that the side of an apartment building was on fire, St. George Fire Capt. David Slack said.
As details of the incident came in, it was learned that a palm tree was what had actually caught fire, blazing next to one of the apartment buildings on the east side of the complex. Residents in the two end units next to the burning tree evacuated while others put the fire out with extinguishers.
“It was out when we got here,” Slack said. “We’re mopping up and making sure everything is OK.”
Other responding fire units were canceled while firefighters on scene put out lingering hot spots around the torched area.
Along with the scorched palm tree, siding on the end of the building was melted and warped by the fire .
“We looked inside – there’s no apparent damage to the building or the walls,” Slack said.
No one was injured or displaced by the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this publication and is still under investigation.
Also responding to the scene were units from the St. George Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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